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Queens Library Opens Up a Temporary Elmhurst Branch

While New Branch Is Being Built

A temporary library has opened to serve the community at 85-08 51st Ave., near Broadway in Elmhurst, while a new library is being built, the Queens Library announced on Tuesday, Mar. 27.

The temporary library is across from the old location.

The temporary location will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Tuesdays from 1 to 6 p.m.; on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Sundays.

The Adult Learner Center will also temporarily open in the former gym at St. James, at 84-07 Broadway.

In addition to the temporary library, customers are invited to use any of Queens Library’s other locations.

Visit www.queenslibrary.org for more information.

A newly built library is anticipated to open at the end of 2013 on the same site as the previous building, the Library noted, to meet community demand. It will be double the size of the old library, featuring four levels for customer service with elevator access to all levels.

Features will include separate library areas for adults, children and teens; a large 32-computer Cyber Center for customer use; a new Adult Learner Center; an interior reading atrium and front and rear community gardens.

“Memory features” will be added that are intended to preserve the library’s legacy in the community. Original bricks will be used in the new façade, and the Children’s Room fireplace will be relocated to the new building. There will be a Memory Wall from the original library’s 1906 opening, plus many other acknowledgements of the library’s history.

The new library will cost $27.8 million.

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